Free Crochet Pattern: Swirling Leaves Wristlet

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As many of you know by now, I have teamed up with 14 other AMAZING designers for the #HolidayStashdownCAL2015. This week is my pattern. Since I wasn’t sure what everyone would have in their stashes, I decided to give y’all options! Either option uses less than a single skein of yarn. The fine weight version uses about 75 yards total or the medium weight version uses just over 100 yards total. I made my sample version of the fine one with two colors and I cannot wait to see all of your creativity in making these! So, I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern for the Swirling Leaves Wristlet.

HolidayStashdownCAL2015 SLWristlet

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Pattern Testing: How I Do It

I have had so many people ask me about my process that I use with pattern testing that I decided to do a post on how I do it! It took me a while to get my process down, and I still tweak it from time to time as things change or something doesn’t work for me.

I am often mobile and had to find a system that works well for me even when I am on the go; although I am planning on that changing this month! YAY!

Tester Call

There are times when I need to find new testers. I will usually start by asking for recommendations from designer friends and those already in my testing group before I put a general call on my business page. I do have a tester application permanently on my page. I use Google Forms for my application along with some of the other information that I collect from testers (but I will get to that later). If you would like to see how I have the form set for the application, just click on the graphic above.

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Meet My Testers: Jess of DiPaul’s Designs

It’s my privilege to once again introduce y’all to one of my testers: Jess of DiPaul’s Designs! I “met” Jess on my business page when she applied to be a tester for me. A mutual love of The Doctor drew us together and quickly made us friends! I feel like I know her even though we have never met “in real life”.

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Pamala Pattern Line – Coming in October

I love my mom. She is a strong woman. 
 
My mom and dad right after the diagnosis
 
My mom is a breast cancer survivor. She underwent a double mastectomy and reconstruction and chemo and now deals with the lymphedema from the removal of lymph nodes when she had her mastectomy. She has been cancer free now for three years as of the end of June so she has a little less than 2 years to go until she will be considered at less risk for recurrence. She lives in Houston so most of the time doesn’t have to deal with really cold weather but still needs something on her head when it does get cool. Also, her hair is still wispy so during warmer months when she is out and about she needs to protect her head.

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Meet My Testers: Hollie Bobo

As I said earlier this week, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without my marvelous testers. They help me to make sure that my patterns are what they should be before I release them for the public to use. The first one that I am going to highlight is the wonderful Hollie! She is my right hand with my pattern test lab. I love working with her, and we recently found out that we were born only 3 days apart! So here is Hollie and a little bit about her in her own words:

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Meet My Testers

I am going to start doing a feature titled “Meet My Testers”.

These are going to be profiles of the amazing ladies that test my patterns and make sure they are as good as we can make them before I release them to the public. They make sure that my directions make sense, that I haven’t missed any typos or errors and that my patterns work out like my head sees them (because sometimes it doesn’t work that way!) and are generally my cheerleaders!

I couldn’t do what I do without them and so wanted to acknowledge them and what they do in a special way. They are amazing, generous and talented people who I am so blessed to have in my life.

The first profile will be on Friday!